caught short

caught short

 
1. left without any money temporarily. I'm caught a little short. Can I borrow a few bucks?
2. pregnant and unmarried. Both of Jane's sisters got caught short before they graduated high school.
See also: caught, short

caught short

not prepared for something Airlines were caught short of fuel because of the oil workers' strike.
Usage notes: often used when someone does not have enough money: The cash machines aren't working and I'm really caught short.
See also: caught, short

caught short

Found to be lacking something one needs, especially money, as in Can you pay the check? I seem to be caught short. This idiom uses short in the sense of "lacking money," a usage dating from the early 1500s.
See also: caught, short
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Depending on how your property insurance is set up, you might incur a penalty on a loss if you are caught short on insurance to value.
The facts show that disability will affect many lives and that most people will be caught short financially if it happens," Burfeind said.
30pm WARREN GATLAND has warned Wales not to get caught short by Italy.
Border added that there was also the question of Australia being caught short of batsmen if something happened on the match morning.
But Taylor was apparently caught short by them all turning up and was spotted on a shopping spree at a homeware store in Narragansett beforehand, buying six trolley loads of household items, including beach towels.
CITY boss Mark Robins admits he might be caught short at Christmas when three of his emergency loan players are set to return to their parent clubs.
It provides a small and discreet carrier for doggy refuse bags to make sure you are not caught short.
AMSTERDAM -- If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace.
Rules for players include no urinating in public, with a 100-rupee fine - about PS1 - for anyone caught short.
It essentially becomes a wearable wallet, meaning if you forget your old fashioned leather alternative you won't be caught short when you head out the office for a power lunch.
There are lots of fast food restaurants - if you're caught short, use their facilities.
The study reckons almost half of all motorists overpay at car parking machines when they are caught short of change to avoid fines.
He found himself caught short and tried to find somewhere obscure to relieve himself.
carB But the Glastonbury Festival's the last place you would want to be caught short after a drink or 12.
In in future please give the area a wide berth if you cannot be bothered to clean up, If it helps, I know where you can get the little doggie bags if you ever get caught short again.